Cockpit Voice Recorder Found: How This Impacts United & American Airlines


It drives me mad when I follow a story and then the media loses interest so you never hear the final outcome… at least not until they make a movie out of the story.

If you have been following the story of the 2-month-old Boeing 737 MAX 8 jet that plunged into the Java Sea in October, I can share good news with you. Even though many news outlets ignored it, the cockpit voice recorder of the doomed Lion Air jet was found this week.

A spokesman for the Indonesian navy’s western fleet, said divers used a high-tech “ping locator” and found the voice recorder beneath 26 feet of seabed mud. The plane crashed in waters 98 feet deep.

The deputy chief of the transportation safety committee told Reuters that downloading, transcribing and analyzing the contents of the recorders would take up to three months.

Impact On United & American Airlines

You may be interested to hear that according to Skift, United Airlines have warned their pilots to take care when flying the Boeing 737 Max 9 in case its automated systems unexpectedly cause the plane to make the aircraft dive. This safety advice comes directly as a result of the fatal Lion Air crash, where an automated nose dive was thought to be a likely cause of the crash on October 29th killing all 189 on board.

The exact bulletin for the pilots was: “United Airlines is issuing this pilot bulletin to address this potential nose-down trim issue, which could cause the flight crew to have difficulty controlling the aeroplane, and lead to excessive nose-down attitude, significant altitude loss, and possible impact with terrain,”

United, Southwest Airlines and American Airlines all fly the Max, Boeing’s newest plane. If you want to avoid these Boeing 737 Max planes, choose to fly on Delta airlines with its old but reliable fleet.

Is Flying On A Boeing 737 Max Safe?

At the moment I wouldn’t feel safe flying on these specific jets until the problem has definitely been rectified. To rectify the issue, experts need concrete evidence from the voice recorder, to back up any theories they may have.

Risk can’t be eliminated when flying on the American and United Boeing 737 Max until Boeing is completely clear on the cause of the dreadful Lionair crash and until Boeing has definitely implemented a fix on all airliners.

Until the voice recorder evidence has proved conclusive, I will be avoiding this particular plane, whether my fears are justified or not. I am hoping that in three months, we will have some final answers.

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